Biographies

Instructor Biographies

 

Lisa Binkley

Lisa holds a B.S. in Textiles & Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Formerly a public policy analyst, she has maintained an active fiber art studio since 2000 and has been teaching fiber art workshops since 2007. Her award-winning artwork has been selected for national and international exhibitions including those of the American Quilters' Society, the International Quilt Association, CraftForms, Crafts National, QSDS, Beadwork Magazine, Wisconsin Artists Biennia, and many others. Lisa and her artwork have been featured on local and national television, in internationally-distributed books and magazines, and in many local publications. Her art is represented in public, private, and corporate collections. Lisa enjoys sharing her passion for fiber art through her artwork, classes, and lectures, and she teaches throughout the U.S. She and her husband, artist Ed Binkley, have two young-adult children. Lisa and Ed live in the woods of Madison, Wisconsin with their big fluffy dog. Lisa has a blog, https://lisabinkley.typepad.com/.

 

Su Butler

Su is a lifelong weaver. She earned her B.F.A. in Fibers and Watercolor painting in 1977 from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. For 43+ years, she has been fascinated with the process of interlacing threads to form cloth. Utilizing hand dyeing, painting, and/or surface design techniques, Su enhances and enriches her yarns, then weaves in simple and complex weave structures, sometimes embellishing during and after the weaving process. From plain weave on 4 shafts with hand-painted and embellished silk noil yarns, to complex structures on 24 shafts with very fine silk yarn, to complex interlacements on the drawloom, every aspect of interlacing threads and creating fabric intrigues her. ‘I have always loved to work with my hands, beginning weaving at age three. To me weaving is a tactile dialogue. Given limited elements and equipment restrictions, I, the weaver, am presented with creative questions, each answer leading to another question, each experience helping to push me beyond my limits, allowing me to grow as a craftsperson and artist.’ Su’s first book, Understanding Rayon Chenille, was released in December 2002, and re-issued as a CD in August 2009. She has numerous articles published in Handwoven and Weavers magazines and The Complex Weavers Journal. Su is currently working to finish a new book on Tied Weaves. See more about Su on her website http://www.subudesigns.com/.

 

Nancy Crampton

Nancy took her first weaving class in 1967 and she knew this was ‘it’. The joke in her family is that when first married, they bought a mattress to sleep on and a floor loom. Nancy has a BS in art from Western Michigan University and did graduate work in craft design at Florida State University. She taught her first class in 1983 at a local yarn store and has been teaching ever since. Nancy was formerly head of the Fiber Department at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and continues to teach workshops there. Nancy teaches workshops at art centers, weaving conferences and guild, including Convergence 2018, and yearly at John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina.

Her website is https://www.nancycramptondesigns.com/.

 

Judy Dominic

In love with ‘process’, Judy Dominic incorporates numerous fiber techniques in her art

along with any interesting materials close at hand or underfoot or found along the way. Her

creative energies don’t understand ‘normal’. Judy’s worldwide following includes the six

cutest grandkids ever! Her website is www.judydomic.com.

 

Mary Sue Fenner

Mary Sue Fenner’s background in fibers comes from Clothing, Textiles, Design and Art studies at U. WI-Stout, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Polytechnic in England, Kansas U. and UW-Milwaukee. Her colorful, creative wearables are seen in area shows, galleries, magazines such as Handwoven, Belle Armoire, Altered Couture, Sew Somerset and Haute Handbags, and won the WI Handweavers Inc.’s “Loominosity” HGA Award. She serves on the WI Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts Board.

A clothing, textile and design major at U. WI-Stout, art studies at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Polytechnic, England, Kasas U., Viterbo University and a UW-Milwaukee Masters gave Mary Sue an excellent background in fibers. Retired instructor, at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI. She is noted for use of bright colors and her own handspun yarns, her clothing and accessories are seen in area shows, galleries and shops, and featured in Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Belle Armoire, Altered Couture, Sew Somerset and Haute Handbags magazines. Mary Sue is the Past Educational Chair of Green Bay Advertising Federation, has earned a Silver Medal Award for service to the organization. Past Board Member of Northeast Wisconsin Arts Council and Mosaic Arts. Awarded several merits through Midwest Weavers Conference and Handweavers Guild of America. Teaches sewing and weaving courses across the Midwest. Sells one-of-a-kind garments at The Gift Itself. Active volunteer at the Wisconsin Museum Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI. Teaches weaving and garment making at Sievers School of Fiber Arts, since 1979.

 

Jan Friedman

Fiber artist Jan Friedman has been weaving since 1974. She received her M.A. in Textile Design at the University of Iowa in 1980. Jan has conducted workshops in weaving, color, and dyeing for craft guilds throughout the United States, as well as at Penland School of Crafts, Convergence and MW, SW, NE and NW Weavers’ Conferences. She lives in Iowa City and maintains a studio at home. Jan’s tapestries, framed pieces, and painted warp weavings have been featured in invitational exhibits and national craft shows. Her work has also been commissioned for public spaces and private collections. To find out more on Jan, go to her website, http://janfriedmanfiber.com/index.html.

 

Teresa Ruch

Teresa has a passion for color and this shows in her work. She likes color on color, pattern on color and the subtle sheen of fibers like bamboo and tencel. I enjoy creating a certain drape in my fabrics to get the special effects that are not often found in commercial fabrics. She uses this drape to create garments that are a delight to wear

She enjoys the thought of using fibers from plants that grow in poor soil conditions, gives back to the soil they come from and do not use much water in the processing of the fiber is an added benefit.

Teresa worked as a sample weave and textile designer in industry before she opened Teresa Ruch Designs, her business, that has been in production since 2009. Originally focused on weaving, the yarn has become a larger part of our business in the last 2 years. She maintains an emphasis on color and hand in both the yarn and weaving. Teresa has a website, https://www.teresaruchdesigns.com/.

 

Jenny Schu

Jenny Schu has been picking up various fiber techniques throughout her life, mainly beading for over 28 years and weaving for 20....She obtained a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in Fiber Art and a Minor in Art History from the University of Michigan in 2004. Since then, her beaded jewelry has been in numerous galleries and exhibits. You can currently see her jewelry in galleries around Michigan (including the UP) and Ohio. She has exhibited nationally with Handweavers Guild of America’s Exhibits and Conference; she has been awarded grants and received numerous awards from exhibits over the years. In 2013 Jenny accepted Best in Show and People’s Choice Awards at MLH Conference on her piece ‘She Can’t See the Forest through the Trees.’ In 2014 she had the honor of attending two artist residencies including being the Artist in Residence at the Porcupine Mountains. Jenny gives programs and workshops through various Fiber Guilds and teaches beadweaving to interested students.

 

Joan Sheridan

Joan Sheridan is a weaver, knitter, spinner, fiber explorer and owner of Heritage Spinning and Weaving since 2000. Trained as an educator and curriculum developer by the US Army, she is a natural teacher. She attended College for Creative Studies and graduated from Wayne State. Since 2012, Joan has volunteered and consulted to The Henry Ford Museum’s conservation department. Long Thread Media released a video of Joan’s Turned Krokbragd on the Inkle class in 2020. She has been published in Handwoven, Spin-Off The Wheel, Little Looms and other magazines. Joan has a blog, https://joansheridan.com/.

 

Martha Town

Martha has been weaving for 40 years, has been a member of MLH for almost that long, and is proud to be a past-President for MLH! She earned the Handweavers Guild of America Certificate of Excellence – Level I in 1986. As a fan of twill structures, Martha quickly moved to multi-shaft weaving and currently weaves on an 8 shaft Baby Wolf, 8 shaft Gilmore and a 16 shaft compudobby AVL. She loves to weave functional items for the home, as well as scarves and yardage that can be sewn into garments. Martha lives in Hillsdale County, MI on a 100 acre farm with her husband, a few cattle, and a flock of sheep that provide spinning fleeces and fiber to dye. Being in the countryside with wildflowers, a wide sky, and quiet wonder, provides Martha with lots of inspiration for her weaving. 

 

 

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